Huron County, Ontario – The County of Huron commends its Emergency Services Department and Paramedic Team for the exceptional services they have provided since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This team has worked quietly behind the scenes, and helped keep long-term care and retirement homes in Huron stay safe and healthy as they face the challenges brought on by COVID-19.
When requested, Huron County Paramedics have gone into local long-term care and retirement homes to aid with outbreak support, COVID-19 surveillance testing, fit testing PPE for staff, and to offer on-site vaccination clinics for residents and staff. This team even helped by providing resident care work in some circumstances.
Direct support inside long-term care and retirement homes is not normal operations for County of Huron Emergency Services. However, with the ongoing pressures created by COVID-19 Huron County Paramedics were there, providing support to long-term care residents and staff, on some of the most challenging days of the pandemic.
“The work that we have done with these individual Homes has been a great asset to both Paramedic Services and Long-Term Care staff,” said Chief of Emergency Services, Jeff Horseman. “The relationships, understanding, and support has been second to none for everyone involved and I believe it has strengthened our Paramedic sense of community. We are so happy and proud of what we have been able to do in these Homes.”
The County of Huron Emergency Services Department has also supported local COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics, offered programming to vulnerable individuals at the Huron Out of the Cold emergency shelter, and much more, in addition to their regular first responder services for Huron County residents.
“The County’s Paramedic Team have demonstrated exemplary service for the Huron community over the past two years,” said Huron County Warden, Glen McNeil. “Providing the highest quality of care, the Emergency Services Department has worked to support many of Huron’s residents in high risk settings. On behalf of Huron County Council, I offer a wholehearted thank you to this Team.”
County of Huron Paramedic Services have supported the following Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes, with varying service levels, over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic:
Blue Water Rest Home
Fordwich Village Nursing Home
Huronlea Home for the Aged
Huronview Home for the Aged
Emergency Services continues to support the community, including long-term care, in 2022, as needed.
The County of Huron asks the community to continue respecting all public health guidelines in response to COVID-19. Stay informed on the COVID-19 situation in Huron County by visiting www.HPPH.ca.